I just received a request to send my passport to an NZ VAC (visa application centre) for scanning within 20 days. The request is already six days old.

We are currently in quarantine overseas and can't possibly do anything for another 12 days. I will need to show the passport here when we emerge from quarantine, then we'll be traveling direct from here to NZ by sailing yacht, without going back (if we go back to Europe we could be stuck there for a year!), so I will need to have my passport with me at all times. There in no VAC anywhere near where we are, even if we were not quarantined!

Does anyone know of any alternative to sending the passport to a VAC for scanning? What should I ask my case officer for? Is there an exemption possible under the circumstances?